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Title:'Why not one more than the other?' La Guma's fictional route to reality
Author:Field, RogerISNI
Year:2005
Periodical:The English Academy Review
Volume:22
Pages:55-64
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:novels
exile
About persons:Justin Alexander La Guma (1925-1985)ISNI
John Ernst Steinbeck (1902-1968)ISNI
Link:https://doi.org/10.1080/10131750485310071
Abstract:The author traces relationships between J. Steinbeck's 'The grapes of wrath' (1939) and A. La Guma's 'And a threefold Cord' (1964) and analyses what La Guma thought about these relationships. La Guma took from 'The grapes of wrath' some formal elements and a wealth of plausible content for his own novel about an economically marginalized family in a South African 'Hooverville'. La Guma wrote this novel when house arrest and detention without trial separated him from community life. Much later, he expressed his fear of being cut off from another community by trying to suppress the fact that his own novel relies heavily on another novel that explores what it means to be part of a community. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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